Shahrukh Jatoi asks SC to dispose of suo motu case
13 February, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The main accused in Shahzeb Khan murder case, Shahrukh Jatoi has requested the Supreme Court to dispose of the suo motu case against him, so that the trial court is not influenced from its proceedings in the matter.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, is resuming the hearing of Shahzeb murder case today (Wednesday). Shahrukh Jatoi, through his counsel Ibrahim Satti, has filed a miscellaneous petition in the court requesting it to drop its proceedings in this matter in order to allow the trial court to proceed without being influenced by the order of the apex court.
"It is fundamental principal of law that no one can be condemned unheard without affording him a right of hearing," the petition states. The applicant questioned whether the superior courts could assume the role of investigator or monitor the investigation of the case. Shahrukh has asked how would it be possible for him to get justice from any subordinate court, including the trial court.
The counsel for the applicant contended that entire exercise in the instant case was violative of articles 4, 9,10, and 10-A of the constitution. He questioned whether in any criminal jurisprudence the kiths and kins of an accused person can be held response for his acts.
Shahzeb Khan was murdered on the night between December 24 and 25 at Sabaha Avenue, Karachi, over a small argument allegedly with Shahrukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur. The murder created uproar in civil society. On January 4, while taking up the case, the court had noted that due to police negligence the main accused could not be arrested.